Amid draconian state repression of the right to strike, Local 6 have endorsed the Dec 1st rally in support of postal workers and encourage all to come out. While political support is critical, we also believe it must be followed up with continued direct solidarity actions as we saw in Hamilton, Windsor, Richmond, Halifax, and Whitehorse over the week. These community pickets are effective in keeping pressure on Canada Post, and send a message to capitalist governments across the world, that no worker will stand alone when their right to strike is so blatantly disregarded.
Beyond small but brave community actions, we believe a bottom up labour movement can grow into a general strike, and that the time has never been better to do so. Legislating 50,000 people back to work has destroyed any last shred of hope in constitutional monarchy. With strikes and job actions across multiple sectors, a student strike in Quebec, and devastating plant closures in Ontario, the working masses are more than ever in need of a movement that promises to secure a future for them and their families. Historically, the general strike has proven the only effective way to win the most basic of rights and defend them for a generation or more. We ought to remember that general strikes took place under much more difficult conditions such a fewer rights to association, and mass hiring of scabs during periods of high unemployment.
We ask all who wish to fight for a better future to join us on Saturday Dec 1st, to help plan and take part in direct solidarity actions, and to begin planning for the general strike.